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16 02, 2018

The Bad Patient – The Climb #390

2018-02-16T23:51:08+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, TV|0 Comments

Thursday 15th February 2018 I am a bad patient.  I know I have to give my finger time to heal.  It’s slowly getting there and I’m glad I’ve been sensible.  But at the same time, I’m a little frustrated. Not having 101 requests for things to be done for swordfighting is incredibly relaxing.  I think [...]

15 02, 2018

A Job Rather Than A Hobby – The Climb #389

2018-02-15T12:28:41+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Wednesday 14th February 2018 I have a swordfighting tournament in 10 days, followed by one the following week.  I’ve paid, although I’ve not booked a hotel for the one in Bradford yet.  Which is just as well, as I have to ask myself if I can even compete. The finger is healing slowly, and it’s [...]

14 02, 2018

Feeling Lazy – The Climb #388

2018-02-15T12:23:50+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Health, Swordfighting, Travel|0 Comments

Tuesday February 13th 2018 I’m feeling so lazy of late. Part of this is the finger, which just isn’t right.  I keep soaking it, and the scabs are still falling away to reveal that it’s attached at an angle.  This means round the back there’s a gap. It’s painful… best described as pins and needles, [...]

13 02, 2018

Keeping A Diary – The Climb #387

2018-02-15T12:13:54+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Monday 12th February 2018 When I was young, I used to keep a diary.  Every night I would write about my day, as boring as it might be.  In many ways, The Climb is an extension of that, taking that documenting of a day and turning it into something very much focus on my writing [...]

12 02, 2018

A Day Of Consuming Media – The Climb #386

2018-02-12T17:52:44+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Games, Health, Reading, Swordfighting, The Climb, TV|0 Comments

Sunday 11th November 2018 Today I’ve been really bored. I still think it’ll be a number of weeks before I start writing something new, and whilst I have a short story I need to work on, I was too restless for what is a delicate bit of prose.  And given I spent some time yesterday [...]

11 02, 2018

Continuing The Plotting – the Climb #385

2018-02-12T17:44:10+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Saturday 10th February 2018 It’s a pretty lazy weekend this weekend.  Fingergeddon means I’m still not fit to fight, and being on call with the day job means I can’t really go anywhere. So I spent a part of today working on the plot for book 3. I was working primarily with Scrivener’s corkboard feature [...]

10 02, 2018

Building The Plot For Book 3 – The Climb #384

2018-02-10T18:46:51+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Friday 10th February 2017 You’d think after my meeting with Kate yesterday on Book 2’s first draft that I’d be very much thinking about the subplot that needs replacing. But instead, I’ve almost pushed it to the back of my mind.  My creative process works best when it’s in the background. So the focus for [...]

9 02, 2018

Taking Feedback On A Draft – The Climb #383

2018-02-10T01:32:25+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|1 Comment

Thursday 8th February 2018 Today I met up with Kate to discuss her beta read of book 2. I spent the morning going over her detailed notes and making notes of my own. When reading feedback from a beta reader, there’s a filter you have to put over it.  Just because one reader might have [...]

8 02, 2018

It Doesn’t Get Easier – The Climb #382

2018-02-10T00:57:04+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Process, Publishing, Writing|0 Comments

Wednesday 7th February 2018 There’s a quote I picked up a while back.  Actually it was 2 quotes, from leaders in two completely different fields, but it said the same thing. It never gets easier, you just get better at dealing with it. My writing career feels a bit like this right now. I know [...]

7 02, 2018

Great Books Need A Lot Of Work – The Climb #381

2018-02-08T17:57:10+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Tuesday 6th February 2018 There’s this deluded hope you have as a writer.  It’s that, one day, you’ll be good enough that your first draft of a story won’t need any work.  That it’ll go to a beta reader, an editor or agent and they’ll tell you it’s perfect. That doesn’t happen.  It never happens.  [...]